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Harlan John Stuckwisch, Ed. D., 79, of Taylor Road, died at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
He was born in Seymour, November 2, 1933, the son of the late Walter William Henry and Lillie Anna Elizabeth Rebber Stuckwisch.
Dr. Stuckwisch was an active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus. He received his bachelor's degree from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and his master's and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. Dr. Stuckwisch taught at Zion Lutheran School in St. Louis, Mo., St. Peter's Lutheran School and Northside Middle School in Columbus. He was tenured university professor at Western Kentucky University, served as Superintendent of Schools in Madison, and worked as a business development consultant for two architectural/engineering firms before retiring in 1996.
He is survived by sons, John Harlan (Victoria) Stuckwisch of Columbus, and Stephen Edward (Lisa) Stuckwisch of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, John Nicholas Stuckwisch, Heather Elizabeth Stuckwisch, James "Jesse" Edward Stephen Stuckwisch, Stephanie Anne Margaret Stuckwisch, and Katharine "Katie" Christine Elisabeth Stuckwisch; and a great-grandson, Harlan John Kenny.
Dr. Stuckwisch was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Bertha Elizabeth Scheidt Stuckwisch, whom he married on December 28, 1955. She passed away on January 18, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Stuckwisch Roth.
A Celebration Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church with Pastor Patrick Galligar officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Child & Family Services, 1525 N. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46219; Lutheran for Life, 1120 South G Ave., Nevada, IA, 50201; or Worship for Shut Ins, 5 Martin Luther Drive, Fort Wayne, IN, 46825.
You are invited to view his video tribute after 10 a.m. Saturday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.